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Thursday, February 1, 2001

Carrillo listening to residents' problems

Staff Writer

PECOS, February 1, 2001 - Community members will have the chance to voice some opinions, problems and complaints to a member of U.S. Congressman Henry Bonilla's office today and Friday.

Tony Carrillo, constituent liaison, has set up office at the Reeves County Courthouse from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days to meet with local residents who are having any troubles or have complaints about any of the governmental agencies.

"I'm just here to do case work for Congressman Bonilla's office," he said. "To bring the office out into the district."

Carrillo, who has worked for Bonilla's office in Midland for four years, visits Pecos, Fort Stockton and Alpine at least four times a year to meet with community members.

Carrillo said the visits benefit the community and his office because some people are not very comfortable in calling the 800 number for help.

"Some people are more at east to meet face to face with someone," he said.

Carrillo said some of the more common issues that people in this area want to discuss are social security, immigration, veteran's affairs, Internal Revenue Service, military and agriculture.

"Usually these are most common for me," he said.

Although every person who comes in has a different situation to deal with, Carrillo said that they mostly have to do with gaining benefits through the agencies.

"Some situations are that they are trying to get some sort of benefits they are entitled to," he said.

After hearing the situations, Carrillo then contacts the agency involved to try to get some answers to the questions the people have.

"We try to get the agencies to tell us if there is any other way to qualify," he said.

Carrillo said that anyone is free to go up to the third floor of the courthouse to visit with him about any situations they might have.

"They could just walk in," he said, while adding that he would be able to talk to some people on the phone as well.

Bonilla is currently in Washington, D.C., as the 107th Congress begins dealing with various issues, including the tax cuts and school reform programs proposed by President Bush.

Carrillo said that it is uncertain when Bonilla would be back in Texas.

"It just depends when the speaker might call a recess," he said.

One of the issues up for discussion in the Texas Legislature that could affect Bonilla is redistricting.

Carrillo said the redistricting would be based on the population changes of the current districts.

"It just depends on what the population growths are through out the district," he said.

Bonilla's 23rd District is the largest in Texas, running from the San Antonio area to the eastern sections of El Paso. Carrillo said that quite a few of the major cities in this district have had a population growth including; San Antonio, El Paso, Lubbock and Midland.

The decision of redistricting is up in the hands of the Texas Legislature, according to Carrillo.

"Everybody is at the mercy of the legislature," he said.

Community members will be able to visit Carrillo in the third floor courtroom of the courthouse until 4 p.m., tomorrow, but if anyone is unable to make the trip they would be able to contact him through an 800 number or email.

The number is (800) 361-4TEX or email him at

Sierra Blanca bust tops busy week for agents

From Staff and Wire Reports

PECOS, February 1, 2001 - Border officials found thousands of pounds of marijuana and cocaine squirreled away in underbrush, hidden in a truck-tractor rig, an abandoned truck and tucked beneath the floorboards of pickups in a string of drug busts this week.

The seven seizures netted almost 150 pounds of cocaine and more than 14,000 pounds of marijuana. Sold on the street, the drugs would bring $4.8 million and $11 million respectively.

"For some reason, there's a big spike that's been occurring," U.S. Customs supervisory inspector Armando Goncalvez said.

The largest single seizure came on Wednesday when Border Patrol agents seized 3,699 pounds of marijuana after it was discovered inside a truck-tractor at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint on Interstate 10 in Hudspeth County. The value of the marijuana was estimated at $2.9 million dollars

According to the Border Patrol office in Marfa, a U.S. citizen who was driving the tractor-trailer was immediately placed under arrest. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) accepted custody of the driver, the marijuana and the tractor-trailer. The name of the driver was not immediately released by officials.

This marijuana seizure totaled 1.85 tons and was the largest so far in 2001 in the Marfa Sector, surpassing a 1 1/2-ton marijuana seizure last week at the U.S. 67 Border Patrol checkpoint south of Marfa.

On Monday, Customs inspectors in the Lower Rio Grande Valley found 45 pounds of cocaine hidden beneath the rear seat of a pickup truck on the Hidalgo International Bridge. The next day, officials discovered 102 pounds of cocaine under the bed of another pickup truck.

Drivers Francisco Cruz, 25, and Mario Humberto Cazares-Ramirez, 47, were being held without bond in the Starr County Jail.

Early Wednesday, Border Patrol agents in Frenton stumbled upon more than 500 pounds of marijuana abandoned in dense brush. A few hours later, agents in Chapeno found another 500 pounds hidden in a truck parked at the side of the road.

Earlier this week, Customs inspectors seized thousands of pounds of marijuana in Nogales, Ariz., El Paso and Laredo.

Guadalupanas  enchilada sale set for Friday

PECOS, February 1, 2001 - The Guadalupanas are sponsoring an enchilada plate sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Friday at Santa Rosa Hall.

The plates consist of three red or green enchiladas prepared with homemade tortillas and served with rice, beans and salad.

The cost for each plate is $3.50.

Deliveries are available for four plates or more.

For orders call 445-2302.


PECOS, February 1, 2001 - High Wedneday 50. Low this morning 28. Forecast for tonight: Mostly clear. Low in the lower 20s. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph: Diminishing late. Friday: Mostly sunny. High in the lower 50s. Light and variable wind in the morning: Becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph by afternoon. Friday night: Mostly clear. Low in the mid 20s. Saturday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s to the lower 30s. Highs in the 60s.

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